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drove audrie to take her own life. the parents of audrie pott plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against two of her former schoolmates accused of sexual assault. she committed suicide after graphic images of her spun around. she drank too much alcohol and fell asleep in a bedroom. she woke up to find evidence she had been sexual assaulted while asleep. the boys took photos. audrie sent messages through her facebook page saying her life was ruined. a week after that party she killed herself. these photos were the key piece of evidence that led to the arrest that happened on thursday. the three 16-year-olds are in custody in juvenile halls. audrie parents wanted to share her story and raise awareness about bullying and sexual assault. >> it's very difficult to know what's going on in their world because they keep it from us. i think that audrie did try to reach out to some of her friends for help but she didn't reach out to an adult that knew how to handle the gravity of this situation. i think if she did she would still be with us. >> reporter: this case echoes the student rape ca
---the victim is audrie pott.. who later committed suicide. and her pictures were circulated on the internet. >> the parents are still grieving and are obviously devastated by this loss. lorren cerri is an attorney working for audrie's family helping them find whatever justice is possible in this horrific case. we obviously can't bring her back, but the families goal is to try and not let this happen again. for now, they want answers. any and all answers about what happened that night audrie went to a party of a classmate from saratoga high. sources tell kron four there were dozens at the party. and audrie's family wants to hear from them. >> this was bullying. and to humiliate someone. the reason why this was so long was that there were multiple search with electronic equipment and homes. and forensic equipment to find the evidence that we needed. what they want is for people to come forward, people i nthe community as what happened to audrie who can help them get those answers. we encourage parents to talk to their children, ask their children to come forward there is honor in coming forwa
the problem could delay the planned labor day opening of the new span. >>> there are new accusations of audrie pott. this time they are targeting saratoga high school. her family says she committed suicide as a result of the sexual assault and bullying at the hands of three male classmates. monte francis joins us with the investigation and the school's response. >> reporter: audrie pott's family just filed a new legal claim against the district which could be a precursor to a lawsuit. and the document outlines allegations against teachers and administrators at saratoga high school. >> the key for what the pott family is looking at is did the school know that audrie was being bullied? >> reporter: legal analyst says that one of the key questions in the new legal claim and the answer according to audrie pott's family is that teachers and administrators knew audrie was being bullied and failed to act. >> the dissim nation of the photographs and the bullying occurred on campus between students then that is something that the school perhaps should have prevented. >> reporter: the family also accuse
assault until after audrie took her life. they want the boys tried as adults and the family attorney says he does not know. but believes that sexualitily assaulting someone who is unconscious a less than one conscious. we checked and they're equal. >> trace, thank you. this is sadly one in a recent series of cases where sexual assaults have become magnified by pictures. just today, at this moment, a grand jury is being convened in ohio to investigate whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl in steubenville who was raped by two high school football players last year. that case became well publicized and the two defendants who were found guilty of the crime are seen in this photo carrying their young victim from party to party. images from that awful night shared online and among their friends. again, those two boys were found guilty last month of rape and now a grand jury will decide if there were attempts to cover up the crime and who might have been involved in those efforts. they may not be the only ones in trouble with the law. a similar case in canada now getti
kovl of the boston bombings continues in a moment, first a vigil for audrie potts. she committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted and photos were sent out online. >> reporter: on facebook about 250 people committed to coming to tonight's vigil. and by the looks of the crowd tonight it appears earn kept their commitment. many of them wore teal, audrie's favorite color. family and friends of audrie potts gathered tonight still trying to come to terms with her suicide and the events leading up to it. >> she's gone because they thought it was funny. >> reporter: she took her own life after she was sexually assaulted and photos of the attacks were spread through text messages and e-mails. >> she was an example of the golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated. no one ever wanted to be treated the way she was. >> reporter: friends say odd ry didn't tell people how much the bullying bothered her. >> i guess that's what hurts more is that i could have helped and i didn't get a chance to. >> my dear audrie. >> reporter: a letter was read that she wrote right after he
interviews. more information is coming to light. the details are said to be sickening. >> audrie pott got drunk on hard liquor mixed with gay toreade at a house party last september, went upstairs and passed out. three boys went into bedroom armed with cell phone cameras. >> there were photographs taken op the sexual assault and those photographs were distributed in some manner. we were able to recover photographs from during our forensic search of computers and cell phone sgls the digital photos went viral and spread like wild fire. eight days later audrie hanged hearst. >> we obviously can't bring audrie back but the family's goal that what happened to audrie never hatches again and the boys are held accountable. >> a facebook page in her memory posted this message, "we suspect the boys we believe who are responsible for audrie's death took deliberate steps to destroy evidence. if students have information about this crime, please come forward. ". >> they have blood on their hands for not coming forward. >> ann brown became an outspoken activist after her dhaur amanda was cyber bullied
of audrie period of time pott. her mom, her dad and her stepmom today talked about losing audrie just as their attorney filed a wrongful death lawsuit against three 16-year-old boys accused of assaulting her. boys, the family says, audrie considered friends. nbc bay area's kris sanchez is live from santa clara county juvenile hall with more on the civil lawsuit and where does that criminal case stand. >> let's start there. the three 16 year old boys remain in custody here at juvenile hall and will face a judge tomorrow to find out whether they will be released to their families. meantime, today the potts family spoke for the first time since those boys were arrested in the alleged sexual assault and urge prosecutors not only to keep them in custody but also to try them as adults on sexual assault charges. >> she's missed every day. by us and by her little brother and sisters. >> reporter: audrie pott's father choked with emotion as he spoke about his daughter about the sexual assault and bullying that led to his daughter's suicide. audrie's mother spoke of the telephone call she got f
on the investigation of a sexual assault on a 15-year-old teenager named audrie pott. she took her own life days after the attack. it is a troubling story we reported last night. our usual policy is not to identify the victims of sexual assault or suicide. but in this case her parents want her name and face to be shown in an effort to prevent this from happening to anyone else. we have several answers on how the sheriff's department has handled the investigation. we have information about a key piece of evidence. p marianne favro is with us tonight. we begin with monte francis in san jose. >> reporter: the three 16-year-old boys are being held here at juvenile hall. we have learned way back in september they were cited on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery and released. why did it take seven more months for them to be charged with felony? three 16-year-old boys in juvenile hall each with two felonies including one for distributing sexual photos of a minor. why it took so long for deputies to make the arrest considered the boys were cited not long after pott's suicide. >> we have to send our comput
the parents of audrie pott in a live news conference. pott was a popular california teenager who loved art, music and skiing. then september 2nd happened, the night a sleepover she attended turned into an unsupervised drinking party. pott passed out, woke up, and first got a hint of what three reported friends allegedly did to her. >> had no idea what occurred until she woke up the following morning and had some drawing on her body in some private areas. >> she soon learned students were sharing images of her attack. audrie posted this on facebook. they took pictures of me. my life is ruined. this is my worst day ever. pott killed herself eight days after that party. and on friday, santa clara county investigators arrested three boys current or past students at her high school, saratoga high. they're facing juvenile charges of sexual battery and distributing illegal images of a minor. >> well, we know that we did find photographs and we believe that she was aware that those photographs were out there. she was very upset by it. i know there were photographs out there. and that's probably wh
after she hanged herself and the family claims audrie was still alive when the principal shared news of her passing. the principal sought to conceal the bullying by telling a local newspaper that the girl's death was not due to bullying. >> the key for what the family is looking at is did the school know that audrie was being bullied. >> reporter: a legal analyst says even,000 though the sexual assault happened after campus it could still cause trouble for the school district. >> if the dissemination of the photographs and the bullying occurred on campus between students, then that is something that the school perhaps should have prevented. >> describing the assault, the claim states, quote, some of the boys took her to a bedroom where they undressed her, wrote in ink on her body and took pictures and/or video. audrie awoke the next day with no pants on and with markings over her body not knowing what happened. three boys were arrested and charged with the assault and distributing photos of the attack. the claim goes on to say that in the week before her death audrie w was accused of
and the family of audrie pott. she committed suicide after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by classmates at an off-campus party and bullied at school when photos of the attack were shared with other students. yesterday the district refuted many of the claims by the family. tonight the family lawyer is fighting back. damian trujillo is live at juvenile hall where three suspects may be tried as adults. >> reporter: well, sources tell me that the three teenagers are still behind me right now here at juvenile hall. in the coming days a judge can either release them on house arrest or he can keep them here until the trial. in the meantime, the legal battle continues growing. the saratoga school district sent out this four-page rebuttal on wednesday, defending its actions in handling the case of audrie pott. her family had claimed the school ignored repeated claims dating back a year ago that audrie was being bullied. the district said her family never discussed bullying with school administrators at a meeting a year ago. the family also claims the school announced their daughter's death befor
, in this case audrie potts' parents want her story told to prevent other suicides. in san francisco, he just spoke with someone who survived bullying and an attempted suicide. >> reporter: 13-year-old kevin heinz jumped off the golden gate bridge expecting to end his life. unbelievably he survived. now he has a message for other people in that same situation. >> my job now on this planet is to help people like audrie potts before they get to this point. this is temporary. this instance in your life is temporary. just like the bullying that was pushed upon me was temporary. >> kevin heinz saying that bullying played a role in his decision to end his life. in the year 2000 he jumped off of the golden gate bridge. he's one of four people known to have survived that jump and to regain full mobility. 15-year-old audrie pott committed suicide. last week deputies arrested three 16-year-old boys, two of them at saratoga high school and a third at a high school in gilroy. they have each been charged with two felonies related to the sexual assault. audrie pott's parents are pushing for the boys to be
, the attorney for audrie pott's family will answer questions about the new legal claim they filed against the south bay school district they say did nothing to stop their daughter from being bullied. they stay they're outraged at the district's response to their allegations. they say the district didn't do anything when they knew the student was being bullied. the family says they discussed the issue with the district months before audrie's death. the district says, quote, our internal investigation showed that audrie never reported or sought counseling for bullying before or after the alleged sexual assault. if she had, our staff would have reported it and taken preventative steps to stop it. audrie hanged herself just over a week after pictures of the alleged assault spread all over the internet. our question is whether the school was aware of any of this bullying. >> if the dissemination of the photographs and the bullying occurred on campus between students, then that's something that the school perhaps should have prevented. >> the three 16-year-old boys accused of the sexual assault
is live. >> reporter: the sheriff has confirmed all three has been charged. this is audrie pott, soccer lover and victim of cyber-bullying and she committed suicide eight-days after pictures circulated of her being assaulted while pasted out at a party. >> the dangerous affects of kids and what they can do with their phones and laptops is damaging and audrie pott was terrorized. >> reporter: they were released on a charge of inappropriate touching and further investigation led to two felony charges. >> i have a problem when you video or photograph a crime and share it. kids need to get smarter about what is right and wrong. >> reporter: they can't confirm they have the case or how they will prosecute it, in some cases they can try an adult in adult court, they would have to convince the judge it is supposed to be there. >> sexual penetration is a crime and there is a distinguish between being forces and being asleep. >> reporter: this is statement given my the victim's attorney and they are considering civil suits against parents and students and are planning a media conference next wee
after fifteen year old audrie pott took her own life. prosecutors say, they have tracked down at least some of the classmates who humiliated her. this is a very very serious crime and now. three of her saratoga high school classmates are under arrest. they are accused in the sexual assault. and distributing pictures of the assault. online. audrie pott committed suicide last september. the attorney working for her family says, she is helping them find whatever justice is possible in this tragic case. >> "the parents are still grieving and are obviously devastated by this loss"/"we obviously can't bring her back, but the families goal is to try and not let this happen again." audrie's parents want people to come forward. the night of her sexual saratoga classmates party. sources tell kron four, there were dozens at the party. and audrie's family wants to hear from them. in the meantime, her family has put together a foundation in her name. and plans to work toward legislation making cyber bullying a crime. right now, officials the boys will be charged with the sexual assault and distribu
and stepmother of 15-year-old a audrie pott want her story told. >> reporter: 13 years ago, kevin hines jumped off the golden gate bridge, expecting to end his life. unbelievable, he survived. and now he has a message for anyone considering suicide. >> my job now on this planet is to help people like audrie pott before they get to that point. that you can live well. and this is temporary. this instance in your life is temporary. just like the bullying that was pushed upon me was temporary. >> reporter: kevin hines is one of four people known to have survived a jump from the golden gate bridge and to regain full mobility. he says bullying played a role in his decision to end his life in the year 2000. the parents of 15-year-old audrie pott say bullying all played a role in their daughter's suicide last september. authorities say photos of the girl being sexualliry assaulted while passed out and drunk at an unsupervised house party circulated via text message and e-mail at saratoga high school leaving her humiliated. last week deputies arrested three 16-year-old boys, two of them at saratoga hig
this week for audrie pott. that's the saratoga teenager who committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted at a party last september. an explicit picture of 15 year old audrie was posted online showing the alleged assault. pott took her own life just days later. after an investigation that took several months , sheriff's deputies arrested three 16 year old boys on thursday. authorities say the images posted online were key pieces of evidence that led to the arrests. meantime, the lawyers for the teen suspects. released this statement. "much of what has been reported over the last several days is inaccurate. most disturbing is the attempt to link audrie's suicide to the specific actions of these three boys. we are hopeful that everyone understands that these boys are to be regarded as innocent." >> the vigil for audrie pott is this friday night at 8pm at saratoga high school. audrie's parents have scheduled a press conference for tomorrow. >> the bay area coast guard rescued four people. after their tug boat sank while towing a barge off the coast of big sur. coast guard crews rec
in september. explicit pictures of the incident showing audrie pott then circulated online. the young woman committed suicide just days later. its possible that the suspects could be tried as adults. >> and i know that she was very upset with the photographs circulating out there. that is probably what led to the suicide or least a huge, contributing factor. it is sad, it is so sad this is bullying! it is very, very sad. >> investigators say the reason it took so long to make the arrests is because of multiple home searches, and electronic and forensic work. still ahead, you'll hear from a child psychologist who talks about the impact social media had in this case. >> it was a tense friday for students and parents at scotts valley high school. the school was shut down and classes cancelled yesterday, following an on- line threat. it was posted thursday night on facebook. and said quote, 'if you go to school tomorrow, you will die.'-- end quote. neither police nor school officials will confirm speculation by students. that one of their own is to blame. but they promise there will be conseque
her high school. audrie pott's family says the school was negligent. district officials are defending their actions. as kron four's terisa estacio reports, legal experts say this is a case that could affect schools everywhere. >> what did at the school know and what did they know about it? >> reporter: the school officials could be facing legal action. serious legal action if they failed to take appropriate disciplinary actions. school know and when did they know it. former prosecutor and criminal deffense attorney steven clark says school officials could be facing serious legal action if they failed to take appropriate disciplianry steps against 3 saratoga high school students. the teens have been arrested for sexually assautled audrie pott at a home here in saratoga. pott reportedly drank gatorade laced with alcohol, passed out but then awoke with her pants off, and notes scribbled on her body about the assault. authoriteis say a picture of the assault was later passed around on campus amongst students. days later audrie hanged herself in her parents bathroom. >> where this school c
regresamos con más >>> se diercon cita para participar en la vigilia en honor a audrie pott, ramón adame con los dlsl. >>> muchas gracias, león felipe, qué tal, esta vigilia fue a las 8 de la noche en la escuela zaratoga y muchos de los asistentes manifestaron sus pensamientos ante este tipo de situaciones >>> con un profundo suspiro, el padre de audrie pott, calificó a su hija como alguien muy especial, en la vigilia de la escuela saratoga high school. >>> soy una madre de una joven que intentó suicidarse hace 4 años. >>> y aquí estoy para apoyar a la familia de audrie potts, porque lo que le pasó a ella no le debe pasar a nadie. >>> decenas de personas se dieron cita en memoria de audrie pott. >>> porque es un problema grande, ,el abuso sexual y hay que educar a las personas que puedan escuchar y tengan la manera para cambiar. >t>>tambiÉn dijeron lo que a su juicio merecen los jóvenes que abusaron de audrie. >>> la muchacha pasó de vida ,y hay que conmemorarla con la justicia . >>>a udrie pott de 15 años, al parecer fue asaltada sexualmente en el 3 de diciembre >>> algunos de lo
of the assault were posted on social media. the parents of audrie pott allowed to us share the photo so maybe another child might be saved. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is live in saratoga. >> it is called cyber bullying at its worst. others fear the boys charged may have ready destroyed crucial evidence in the case. >> students returned to saratoga high school this morning a day after the arrest of three, 16-year-old boys. one was a former student here, charged with the sexual assault of 15-year-old audrie pott. a parent talked to his freshman daughter about the crime. >> i explaind to her and she said, good, i hope those boys get what they deserve. they should not have done that. >> the sheriff deputies hauled the student suspects out of class charging them with attacking her in september at a house party the she drank too much and passed." they took advantage by taking photos of the assault and posting them online. the pictures went viral. after the attack, she posted open her facebook page, they took pictures much me, my life is ruined, this is the way day ever. she took her life da
bullying and inappropriate conduct." audrie's family started the foundation in her honor to help other kids in trouble. it offers counseling and support to those who reach out. the audrie pott foundation provides music and art scholarships. those were two of audrie's passions. continue to stay on top of the developments in the story and bring you new information when we get it. also posted this story on nbcbayarea.com where you can post a comment. >>> a quick thinking neighbor jumped into action saving a sleeping family from a fire in fremont. take a look at this video just moments after that fire broke out. all kinds of smoke just pouring from that home of the family of seven, we're happy to report, all made it out safely. unfortunately their home was completely destroyed. nbc's bay area bob redell live at the scene with pretty incredible cell phone video. bob. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon. this two-alarm fire as you can see behind me destroyed this home on continental drive in fremont. the family, who was asleep inside, the wife was at work. they did have smoke alarms but they ne
. the girl killed herself after pictures of the assault were posted on social media. the parents of audrie pott allowed to us share the photo so maybe another child might be saved. abc7 news reporter cornell bernard is live in saratoga. >> it is called cyber bullying worst. others fear the boys charged may have ready destroyed crucial evidence in the case. >> students returned to saratoga high school this morning a day after the arrest of three, 16-year-old boys. one was a former student here, charged with the sexual assault of 15-year-old audrie pott. a parent talked to his freshman daughter about the crime. >> i explaind to her and she said, good, i hope those boys get what they deserve. they should not have done that. >> the sheriff deputies hauled the student suspects out of class charging them with attacking her in september at a house party the she drank too much and passed." they took advantage by taking photos of the assault and posting them online. the pictures went viral. after the attack, she posted open her facebook page, they took pictures much me, my life is ruined, this is t
messages and online. a little more than a week after that assault, audrie took her own life. a vigil has been announced for friday at saratoga high school. where she and the suspects went to school. it's expected to start at 8:00 p.m. her partn-- her parents are not spoken publically yet. >> the family of audrie pott are devastated by her loss, they want to know what it is that actually happened to their beautiful young daughter. and we strongly, strongly encourage and hope that people will come forward and help them get answers. >> today the website for the audrie pott foundation, said they have been having technical problems and there were attacks on the system. and said the high interest in the case has over burdened the website as band width. nbc bay area news. >> new at 6:05, a break in a kidnapping case involving a ont. carla herndez h been charged with kidnapping and child endangerment. the mother was warming up the car, and walked a to close the garage door and that is when hernandez got in the car and drove away. information from witnesses helped to track hernandez down. >>> nin
of audrie pott go to court. we will have a live report on what they are expected to ask the judge. >> find out what triggered a wild police chase through the streets of san francisco which the three juvenile suspects accused of the sexual battery of a teen girl in san jose are hoping to be released in the case of 15-year-old audrie pott who submitted suicide after images of what happened appeared in social media. our news reporter joins us with the latest. >> the hearing is still going on at juvenile court where a judge may decide if three, 16-year-old boys charged with sexual assault can be released in the custody of their parents or remain locked up. the family of 15-year-old audrie pott arrived for the hearing this morning with their attorneys. the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the boys on monday. last september audrey went to an unsupervised house party where she drank too much alcohol and passed out. when she woke she realized she had been sexually assaulted and the attackers took pictures which were texted to others at saratoga high school. she was devastate asked too
the grief that the audrie pott family is feeling, her own daughter tried to commit suicide after being taunted by classmates. she is trying help kids deal with the emotional strain of it. we have more on the mother's message and it's heart breaking. >> reporter: it truly is, the mother said there needs to be more done to give a voice to the kids being bullied and suffering in silence. >> she just wanted the pain to stop. >> reporter: amanda dried to commit suicide, after being bullied at school and through text messages all through the day and night hours. >> that she was bi-sexual, and that she had aids was spreading it. that was the part that pushed her over the edge. the 16-year-old was involved in drama a, music and sports, survived. but suffered brain damage. on tuesday, four years later, she died. >> you know, the old saying that stick and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me. that worked back then, but now the kids are so wired they do not think about it. >> reporter: the mother said she was upset after hearing about audrie pott. >> all schools i understand a
a saratoga high school girl are now on house arrest. audrie pots were attacked at a house party. she took her own life a r about a week later. >> reporter: well, raj, because the three suspects are minors, we don't know the sesk conditions of their house arrest, for example whether or not they can use cell phones or computerers even go to school purr but we know they all must wear ankle brace lets. the three teenage boys accused of sexually assaulting audrie pots all attended sar toy gla high school at the time of the attack. they were released from juvenile hall under house arrest. the device on their aings ankles are less than -- if they violate it, then the conditions of their release could be violated and they could be put back into custody until they have to go to court. >> the attorney representing audrie's family issued a statement today saying the family remains hopeful the young men will be prosecuted as adults. we otherwise are concentrating our energy on implementing new legislation. the family has contacted jim bale about proposed new legislation. he says one of his top priorities
does face disciplinary action. >>> new developments in the case of audrie pott, the saratoga teenager who killed herself after allegedly being assaulted by her classmates. for the first time, school administrators are responding to the family's accusations the school mishandled the whole thing. >> i have a lot of questions about what they did and why they did it. it doesn't appear that the family's best interests were served. >> reporter: the school said they cooperate discipline the boys because the drunken party happened at this saratoga home with a off campus. there is no record of audrie reporting sexual bullying. her family met with the principal months ago but were unsuccessful in getting the boys expelled. >> we tried to appeal to the fact that the picture being viewed at the school and the bullying and talking among themselves, that all happened on campus and so, under the cyberbullying clause, we believe that we had grounds to have them expelled. >> it was announced that an investigation had been conducted by the school which indicated that bullying had nothing do do with thi
. an emotional day in the south bay as the parents of audrie pott are speaking out for the first time. >>> and the fbi is asking for your help, the connection to an infamous killer in the bay area. >>> we have been watching a blustery day. peak wind gusts. the hill tops above 50 miles per hour. we are watching the wind advisory for this evening. showers not too far away. we will let you know if any of that is heading your way. we'll have a look when we come right back. >>> they're fighting through their pain and loss in hopes of helping other families. today the family of audrie pott opened up about their 15-year-old daughter who committed suicide following an alleged sexual assault. >> the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. we have team coverage for you this evening. kris sanchez begins coverage with more on the civil lawsuit. are there criminal cases at this point. >> reporter: in that civil lawsuit that was filed this afternoon it says that when audrie pott woke up after a night of drinking at that home in saratoga last labor day her shorts were off and there were words and dra
as innocent." that statement has infuriated audrie pott's parents and it's one reason they have moved up their news conference to today instead of tomorrow. i believe the attorney for audr pott's parents and the parents are now at the podium. lets listen in. >> we're apparently having audio problems but they are stepping up to the podium. as i mentioned again their point for having the news conference today, as we understand is, one, to let people know what happened or to respond to what happened to announce they are filing this wrongful death lawsuit against those three 16-year-old boys. and three, to push for audrie's law. again, they would like to see tougher legislation against cyber bullying on the state and federal level. can you watch this on our website. we're streaming it on nbcbayarea.com. the three boys are still in the juvenile detention center in san jose not far from this location. their first court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow. reporting live in san jose, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, bob. also in the south bay, a san jose police officer is
audrie pott.. surgen nuevas interrogantes en torno a la forma en que actuo la institucion.. segun la familia de la joven tanto la administracion de la escuela como los profesores sabian que audrie era victima de burlas por parte de sus companeros ... y alegan que aun con esta informacion en sus manos.. no hicieron nada al respecto tambien acusan al director de la escuela de haber anunciado la muerte de la adolescente al alumnado antes de que la familia se enterara de que habia fallecido. en un comunicado, el director dice que tenia un permiso de la madrastra de audrie de anunciar la muerte de su hija, ahora tres jovenes de 16 aÑos tambien enfrentan cargos por presuntament e abusar de la adolescente en una fiesta mientras ella estaba inconsciente y bajo los efectos del alcohol... tambien de tomar fotografias y compartirlas con otros estudiantes.. la familia agrega que la experiencia fue tan humillante para la joven que una semana despues se quito la vida.. y ahora acusan a la escuela de haber mantenido la situacion en silencio.. outro segun los familiares de audrie, antes de su muert
had a history of throwing parties. investigators say audrie got drunk at the house party and passed out. three boys took off her shorts, wrote obscene messages on her body and sexually assaulted her. the pott family held a press conference yesterday before the media blackout. >> audrie saw people huddled around cell phones looking at pictures at school. most of the football team knew and in her opinion, the whole school was talking about it. >> audrie felt embarrassed and committed suicide a week later. the saratoga high skal newspaper reported only about ten people saw the images. novn theless, the boys knew audrie was vulnerable since she suffered years of bullying leading up to the assault. >> despicable horrific defaming savage action they did in the next seven days broke her. she couldn't handle it. >> in shan jose, kit doe. >> we wanted to know is this something homeowner's insurance would cover. generally, yes, but it does depend on the fine print and the insurance company may fight that claim. >>> paul, a tough day today. a lot of really really sad news. >> yes, very. >> the
developments in the case of audrie pott. the saratoga teenager killed herself after allegedly being assaulted by her classmates. kpix 5's kiet do tell us us for the first time, saratoga school administrators are responding to the family's accusations that the school mishandled the whole thing. >>> reporter: >> i have a lot of questions about what they did and why they did it. it doesn't appear as if the family's best interests were served in some of the things they did. >> reporter: the school district broke its silence with this four-page written statement saying they couldn't discipline the boys because the drunken party happened at this saratoga home way off campus. what's more, there's no record of audrie reporting cyber bullying. and it's unclear if the photos of audrie's sexual assault were actually circulated on campus. her family met with the principal months ago but were unsuccessful in getting the boys expelled. >> we tried to appeal to the fact that the pictures being viewed at the school and the bullying and talking amongst themselves that all happened on campus. and so under the
sexually assaulted will speak out today. audrie pott's parents are scheduled to appear at a news conference. they say their daughter was assaulted by three teenagers while she was drunk and unconscious at a party. she reportedly took her own life after a photograph of this appeared on line. we'll have more on this about of efforts to have the suspects tried as adults. >>> investigators are searching for the cause of an early- morning fire. it happened at an empty house on 37th street in oakland. here it is. started about 1:30 this morning. still not clear how the fire started but investigators say squatters have been known to sleep inside that house. >>> it's quite possible -- the investigator is investigating at this time. >> the flames caused a lot of damage but there's no word of injuries so far. >>> happening right now, a high wind advisory is in effect for most bay area bridges as we look outside right now -- look at that flag. just blowing. the wind advisories cover the bay bridge, san mateo bridge as well as the benicia, carquinez and dahm barren to bridge. a small craft advisory has
about the teens arrested f f0 assault of audrie pott. >>> bay area teenager's suicide is now fueling debate over cyber bulling. new details over the teens arrested for the suicide of aubrey potts. >>> there's changes ahead big time. the forecast in minutes. >> don't suggest it's a roadblock. you are entitled to stay in place if the voters want you and you are performing extremely well. >> rising political stars rally, and democrats have a closer look at what may be a generational gap in the party. >> it's 7:30. and i'm anne makovec. >> and i'm phil matier. democrats gathered in sacramento, and we will look at the tensions in the party. >> and a gun buyback and guy show within miles of each other in the bay area. >>> a closer look at the trade delegations that the mayor and did in china. what's coming to the bay area and what's not. >>> the top story this morning, an amtrak train with 150 people is now moving again after it derailed in the east bay. investigators are trying to figure out what caused the derailment. it was traveling to vancouver when the front wheels wept off t
to link audrie's suicide to the specific actions of these three boys. >> the family, their emotions turned to anger when they read this from this attorney. >> reporter: allard says it was that statement that sent audrie's family over the edge, and said he planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the three boys in santa clara county superior court tomorrow. >> this tells us they're not accepting responsibility. this tells us they're still in denial. this tells us they are not remorseful at all. >> reporter: as for whether the d.a. will pursue adult charges against the boys, allard says if there is a way, he is confident d.a. jeff rosen will do so. there has been no confirmation of that from the d.a. legal analyst dean johnson says that issue is not only up to rosen, but also a judge. >> the prosecution has the discretion to go to the court and ask the court to have the case charged as an adult crime and have it tried in adult court. >> reporter: and tomorrow audrie pott's parents plan to speak publicly for the first time. they're expected to talk about audrie's law which woul
." >> first, from fox, at 3:00 in new york city, 15-year-old audrie potts called her mother from school last fall and asked her mom to pick her up saying, i can't do this anymore. hours later she killed herself. that's the word from her family's attorney, as we learn more about the sexual assault allegations and the photograph of that incident that had good-begun to spread. according to relatives she hanged he was eight days after a group of teenagers sexually assaulted her and after at least one photo made the text message round. the family members want to make audrie's store public. her mother said she knew her attackers and that made the crime even worse. >> it wasn't committed by strangers. it was committed by people she trusted. so, it was an ultimate betrayal. it would be difficult for an adult to deal with something like that. let alone a child. >> audrie potts' stepmother said the girl was unconscious at the time and those men were 1 been% soberment now three teens face criminal charges in a statement an attorney for the suspect says much of what has been reported is inaccurate. most
on line, audrie took her own life. her family set up a memorial to honor their daughter's memory. yesterday a message was posted on the facebook page. it read "we suspect the boys who were responsible for the assaults took steps to delete the information ". >> the family of audrie potts is devastated by the loss, they want to know what it is that happened to their beautiful young daughter. and we strongly believe that people will come forward and help them get appearances. >> reporter: her family has not spoken publicly about the case, but has scheduled a press conference about the case. her mother, father and stepmother is expected to be there. a candlelight vigil will be held at saratoga high school, where she and the suspects went to school. >> reporter: the three suspects are expect to have their detention hearings on either monday or tuesday. live, san jose, kimberly terry, nbc bay area news. >>> thank you for the update. >>> police in san jose arrested a man suspected of kidnapping an 11-year-old girl, 30-year-old karla hernandez is accused of taking the girl. the police sa
this morning. the parents of audrie pott will hold a news conference in san jose this morning. the ten-year-old committed suicide in accept difficulties after being attacked while unconscious at a house party. three teen boys now face felony charges including sexual assault and distributing pictures of the incident. attorneys for the girl's family say they will file a civil lawsuit. >> objective is to educate parents when this device is held between your hands many teens don't have the maturity level to understand the harmful effects it can cause. >> her parents launched the audrie pott foundation to push for stricter laws against cyber bullying. we will have more on the story at the top of the hour. >> after a year of
are speaking publicly for the first time. audrie potts parents are holding a news conference in san jose. amy hollyfield is live at the hotel. >> it just got started. look at this live picture of what is happening behind me. the family's attorney is speaking first and introduced a family, her mother and father are here, and they have huge pictures of her along with a banner signed by her classmates of saratoga high school. the 15-year-old killed herself in september after being sexually assaulted and her family says pictures of the assault were posted online and they say she was so humiliated that she committed suicide. an article came out in the saratoga high school newspaper with students saying the pictures were not widely distributed as has been reported and they does not go viral and maybe only about ten students saw them. we asked her family attorney about the article this morning. to know what she was thinking she said the whole school knew about it so, whether ten kids actually saw the photograph, how many were talking about it, and how wide-spread were the rumors? the rumors and the
at saratoga high school will find out today if they can be released from detention. audrie pott committed suicide in september after images of her being sexually assaulted were shared on text messages. the family of audrie pott say they want the teens kept in custody and could be tried as adults. >> the winds have died down. it knocked down trees in several cities including in burlingame. it blocked the road until it could be removed. a viewer sent this video to "you report." and this photo is from union city, when anna heard a crack, grabbed her baby and ran out of the house. her neighbor's tree was collapsing open her property. i saw branches all over the place and small trees down. >> i did, too. how will today compare? >> not as bad. but it will be breezy especially around the delta communities and along the bay shore and to the coast where we have small craft advisory. from mount tamalpais, it will be sunny, breezy, and chill and if you head out tonight, 46 in san francisco, 43 at san jose and walnut creek and palo alto are cooler at 40. mill valley is 47 degrees right now. the winds
with light brown hair and a white beard. >> three teens who sexually assaulted 15-year-old audrie pott while she was drunk and passed out at a party, during a conference yesterday, her mother said they wrote crude messages on her body an e- mailed photos. she committed suicide days later. >> they harassed the victim with the photos and took steps to cover up the evidence. >> audrie pott's mother and father plan to sue them and want them to be tried as adults. the boy's say they were inaccurate and a judge will decide whether they will remain in custody or be released to their parents. >>> we are following breaking news this is the iranians -- iran where the quake measured 7.8 and another quake hit the region lastweek killing 37 people and we are getting death tolls on this new earthquake and we will continue to follow this story but we will bring more information as soon as it becomes available. >> hopefully the traffic will not be a prop problem. >> we are looking at the commute on the -- commute on the east shore freeway and the commute is looking good on the bay bridge plaza and we had an
and the pott was. the boys are accused of sexually molesting a drunk an unconscious audrie pott and taking pictures of her and distributing them. >> i mean, that's just heinous. it's disgusting. who would say that? it's obvious that this is the only connection. >> these individuals calculated their assault, harassed the victim with the photos and then took steps to cover up the evidence. >> reporter: now, we do not know if a decision has been made here at the juvenile court. there has been in effect sort of an unofficial gag order it seems because now nobody from either side is talking about this case even off camera. so at this point, we are still waiting to find out if the boys are released. we don't know if it's an indication of the outcome. but robert ailard as well as the audrie pott family members have given us notice that we will not be doing any -- that they will not be doing any interviews. robert handa, ktvu channel 2 news, back to you. >>> up next, a look at the stocks and how the victims are being remembered in the boston bombing. >>> taking a live look at the big board, new yo
assaulting 15-year-old audrie pott. today the los gatos saratoga school district said it cannot expel those boys because the alleged assault didn't take place on campus. audrie pott committed suicide after pictures of the alleged attack were circulated on social media last september. today's statement from the school district comes one day after potts' family filed a claim alleging negligence over the way the district handled the events surrounding the teen's death. the district said it notified students through, quote, a brief announcement over the pa and noon. if you want more information, we have posted the entire statement from the school district on our website. just go to ktvu.com. >>> emotions ran high in a nevada courtroom today as a man accused in a shooting on the vegas strip made his first court appearance. 27-year-old ammar harris did not enter a plea. he is accused in the fatal shooting of aspiring oakland rapper, kenny cherry. cherry's maserati hit a taxicab, hitting the driver. >>> executive director paul clemson testified today. the report raises questions about whether the
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